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State Comptroller:

Female soldiers assigned to guard terrorists are at risk of abuse

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman warns that the female soldiers assigned to guard captured terrorists are likely to suffer sexual abuse. 'The writing is clearly on the wall.'

Female soldiers assigned to guard terrorists are at risk of abuse

Defense Minister:

'We must do more to integrate women in the IDF'

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant marked International Women's Day by meeting with a group of women serving as officers in the IDF and discussing their contributions to the war effort.

'We must do more to integrate women in the IDF'

Yisrael Beiteinu MK:

'We will need to completely reorganize the IDF'

Former Brig. Gen. Sharon Nir says that the war has shown how the security system must reorganize itself from the ground up.

'We will need to completely reorganize the IDF'

Chief of Staff:

'Women in combat units is risky, with little chance of success'

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi wrote a professional opinion opposing the introduction of women into the IDF's elite units.

'Women in combat units is risky, with little chance of success'

IDF elite units open to women

Chief of Staff: Operational success will be our test

IDF spokesman: This should not be our endurance test, where different sectors of the public says they will not enlist.

Chief of Staff: Operational success will be our test

IDF to open elite units to women

The IDF claims that the Chief of Staff is not optimistic about women completing the training, but respects the Supreme Court's ruling.

IDF to open elite units to women

First woman appointed IDF brigade commander

Former Head of IDF Combat Intelligence says Israel needs to use 'all aspects of its society' to maximize overall success.

First woman appointed IDF brigade commander

IDF at a crossroads: Integrate more women into combat units?

Women have always served in non-combat roles within the IDF, but does higher enrollment in combat units signal a change in cultural norms?

IDF at a crossroads: Integrate more women into combat units?

Watch: Women recruited for tank service in IDF

After a 1-year hiatus, women are again being recruited for tank units in the IDF. The move is accompanied by much controversy.

Watch: Women recruited for tank service in IDF

'We will prevent the brainwashing of religious girls'

Group promoting Jewish values in Israeli public sphere says state religious education caved in to pressure from 'pluralistic organizations.'

'We will prevent the brainwashing of religious girls'

Court orders state to fund army prep school for religious girls

Court instructs Education Ministry to fund IDF preparatory activities at religious girls' schools, as is done at boys' schools.

Court orders state to fund army prep school for religious girls

Legal hotline helps religious girls harassed at draft office

Organization opens hotline for religious girls illegally called to aggressive examination to 'prove' religiosity for draft exemption.

Legal hotline helps religious girls harassed at draft office

'National religious education doesn't encourage girls to enlist'

CEO of national religious education system rejects claims that groups encouraging girls to enlist in IDF are infiltrating schools.

'National religious education doesn't encourage girls to enlist'

Parents to Education Ministry: Don't send our girls to the IDF

Parents call on Education Minister not to allow organizations encouraging enlistment of girls into national religious schools.

Parents to Education Ministry: Don't send our girls to the IDF

Gender separation to return to officers training school

IDF COS says units in officers training school will again be gender-separated, following numerous complaints from religious soldiers.

Gender separation to return to officers training school

Bnei Akiva Head explains his opposition to women enlisting

CEO of the Bnei Akiva high schools, Elhanan Glatt, is unmoved by criticism of his comments discouraging women from enlisting in the army.

Bnei Akiva Head explains his opposition to women enlisting

'One of you will be the first female IDF Chief of Staff'

Prime Minister at event honoring female soldiers of the IDF: 'our female fighters have influence far beyond the borders of Israel'.

'One of you will be the first female IDF Chief of Staff'

IDF Admits Problems with Women in Combat

Surprise, surprise: female combat soldiers suffer injuries during training at twice the rate of males.

IDF Admits Problems with Women in Combat

Left Creates More 'Mixed Gender' Mayhem in IDF

Under New Israel Fund pressure, IDF will create more mixed-gender battalions at expense of quality.

Left Creates More 'Mixed Gender' Mayhem in IDF

Jewish Home Candidate Opposes Women's IDF Service

#17 candidate Sarah Eliash sparks some controversy after Army Radio reveals old interview stating that she accepts Rabbinate ruling.

Jewish Home Candidate Opposes Women's IDF Service

IDF Opens New Mixed-Gender Battalion

The Bardelas battalion will be comprised of 50% women and 50% men and serve mostly in Central Command.

IDF Opens New Mixed-Gender Battalion

Study Finds Women Don't Belong in Combat

New book shows women in combat suffer much more serious non-combat injuries, alleges IDF cover-up.

Study Finds Women Don't Belong in Combat

More Than 1500 Religious Women Enlist in IDF

The trend for observant women to apply for the draft is growing - and one organization helps them serve while keeping true to Torah values.

More Than 1500 Religious Women Enlist in IDF

Hareidi MK: IDF Draft is Violence Against Women

Hareidi MK says mandatory draft for women, religious or secular, is a form of ‘serious violence.’

Hareidi MK: IDF Draft is Violence Against Women

MKs Torpedo Equality in IDF – Women's Groups Suspiciously Silent

The plan was to shorten men's service and lengthen women's, but it seems feminists don't like the second part.

MKs Torpedo Equality in IDF – Women's Groups Suspiciously Silent

Rabbi Riskin on Women’s Enlistment: It’s a Mitzvah

Rabbi of Efrat weighs in on women’s enlistment controversy, says enlistment opponents are ignoring modern reality.

Rabbi Riskin on Women’s Enlistment: It’s a Mitzvah

Rabbis: Women's Groups Pushing Out Religious Soldiers from IDF

Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai preparing new directives that will make service in IDF more difficult for religious soldiers. Rabbis protest.

Rabbis: Women's Groups Pushing Out Religious Soldiers from IDF

Female Officers Demand Variety in Nail Polish

Dozens of female officers demand an exemption from the rule that only allows three colors of nail polish.

Female Officers Demand Variety in Nail Polish

IDF to Choose: Women or Hareidim?

Political organizations and women's groups are pressuring the IDF to place women in more combat units.

IDF to Choose: Women or Hareidim?

Controversy as Rabbi Weighs in on Women in IDF

Former IDF rabbi causes controversy with proposal that women, men have different roles.

Controversy as Rabbi Weighs in on Women in IDF

IDF Seeks Religious Jewish Female Soldiers

IDF higher-ups discuss ways to boost enlistment among religious Jewish women.

IDF Seeks Religious Jewish Female Soldiers

‘What if a Female Pilot Falls Captive?’

Former IAF commander says the possibility of a female captive soldier should be part of IDF dialogue on women in the army.

‘What if a Female Pilot Falls Captive?’

Pride and Embarrassment for Mixed-Sex Unit after Firefight

One of the unit's female fighters performed heroically. Another cowered behind a bush for 90 minutes.

Pride and Embarrassment for Mixed-Sex Unit after Firefight

Woman Combat Officer Finishes ‘Beret March’ while Pregnant

Women combat officers are common in the IDF, but one commander went one better – training soldiers while eight months pregnant.

Woman Combat Officer Finishes ‘Beret March’ while Pregnant

Bill to Make Women's Draft Refusal Illegal

Law proposed by female MKs would make it tougher for women to avoid enlistment.

Bill to Make Women's Draft Refusal Illegal

MK Katz: Women Harmed by Service in Combat Units

NU head exposes research that shows women suffer 4-10 times more serious injuries than men, hints at cover-up.

MK Katz: Women Harmed by Service in Combat Units

Military Rabbis Criticize IDF Chief Rabbi on 'Exclusion'

IDF rabbis tell Arutz Sheva there was no justification for self-flagellating conference on "women's exclusion" in IDF.

Military Rabbis Criticize IDF Chief Rabbi on 'Exclusion'

Latest 'Exclusion': Candle Lighting in Mixed Unit

Yediot Aharonot leads with – apparently inaccurate – story about hassidic singer who asked women to "go to the back."

Latest 'Exclusion': Candle Lighting in Mixed Unit

Officer: Leftists Stirring 'Women's Singing' Pot

Maj. (res.) Yoni Setbon of the Ra'ananim movement says leftists feel threatened by growing influence of religious Zionist officers.

Officer: Leftists Stirring 'Women's Singing' Pot

Chief of Staff Weighs in on Women's Singing

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz says he did "not like" rabbi's call to leave IDF if soldiers forced to watch female singers.

Chief of Staff Weighs in on Women's Singing

Cover-Up of Health Damage to Female Soldiers Alleged

Forum for a Strong IDF: women's groups mislead public about "an epidemic" of hip stress fractures, ruptured discs and uterine prolapse.

Cover-Up of Health Damage to Female Soldiers Alleged

Kadima MK: Welcome Religious Soldiers, Don't Fight Them

MK Otniel Schneller comes out strongly against reserve generals who said religious soldiers prevent women's advancement in the IDF.

Kadima MK: Welcome Religious Soldiers, Don't Fight Them

Generals' Letter to IDF Pits Women against Religious Soldiers

19 Res. major-generals say religious soldiers force their lifestyle on others, preventing women's advancement. They also fight.

Generals' Letter to IDF Pits Women against Religious Soldiers

IDF Appoints Religious Officer to Top Female Post

Col. Rachel Tevet will become the IDF's Adviser on Women's Issues – possibly making life easier for religious male soldiers.

IDF Appoints Religious Officer to Top Female Post

Soldiers Forced to Hear Song?

Religious Soldiers ‘Forced to Hear Female Singers’

Soldier’s father says religious officer cadets were told “plug your ears,” not allowed to leave performance.

Religious Soldiers ‘Forced to Hear Female Singers’